Oneida Man Booked on Domestic Assault Says Fight was Fueled by Meth

Oneida, TN (2018-03-13) An Oneida man is blaming meth for an altercation between him and his girlfriend that landed him in jail.

Brandon D. Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd, 39, of Oneida was jailed last week following a domestic dispute that may have been fueled by methamphetamine.  According to an arrest warrant filed by Investigator Dustin Burke of the Oneida Police Department, an argument between Shepherd and his girlfriend allegedly ended when the victim fled the scene and went to a neighbor’s house to call the cops.

Authorities say Shepherd allegedly shoved the victim onto the bed and then took her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help.  The victim was able to get free, walking to a neighbor’s house to use the phone.

Shepherd denied part of the allegation, saying he had been in a verbal dispute with his girlfriend, but he hadn’t shoved her.  Shepherd reportedly claimed the victim had fallen backwards over a box onto the bed.  Shepherd told authorities that both he and the victim had used methamphetamine the night before the incident.

Burke wrote, “(he) was clearly under the influence still.”

Shepherd was charged with domestic assault, false imprisonment, and interference with an emergency call.